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Author Archives: Antoine Clarke
CARREFOUR SHAKE UP: OUT OF MALAYSIA, GREECE, TURKEY, PUSH IN CHINA. Le Monde reports [link in French] that Georges Plassat, in less than one year as Chief Executive of Carrefour, is shaking up the foreign presence of the world’s second biggest retailer after the US WalMart. The group has pulled out of Greece, Turkey, Singapore, [...]
DID OBAMA SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT “BY-PASSING CONGRESS” TO RATIFY A TREATY WHEN HE WAS A SENATOR? I don’t recall it.
IS THERE ANYTHING WORSE THAN A “NON-PROFIT” CANNABIS GROWER? At least proper drug dealers don’t ask for subsidies…
EMMANUEL TODD’S ANALYSIS OF THE USSR FITS THE ARAB SPRING. Brian Micklethwait (thanks for the recent plug for this site!) has been interested in the ideas of Emmanuel Todd, a French anthropologist and sociologist, for about as long as I’ve known him. It looks as if his approach may help explain the scope and limits [...]
GENERIC VIAGRA HITS EUROPEAN MARKET. Teva Pharmaceuticals, the Israel-based world’s biggest generic drugmaker, has launched generic sildenafil in competition with US-pharma giant Pfizer’s Viagra. For private prescriptions in the UK this means a likely 50% reduction in the cost of a pill from about £6 from Lloyds Pharmacy to about £3 for the generic version. [...]
BINGO “MAFIA” ARRESTED IN SPAIN. Playing bingo in a bar requires a local government license in Spain, so police spent two weeks undercover before taking down the British expatriate culprits: All 30 customers – aged between 23 and 76 – were arrested and those who were not playing the game were arrested for “observing a [...]
NO MORE HALAL MCDONALD’S IN USA. Weird outcome of litigation here. I’m sure some of the plaintiffs wanted a different outcome.
SQUARING THE CIRCLE: MULTICULTURALISM VERSUS CHILDREN’S RIGHTS. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is launching a helpline for girls in the UK who are threatened with genital mutilation. This of course, goes against the customs of some cultures – mostly in Africa – which consider women who don’t undergo the cutting [...]
BEIRUT c.1973. Let’s hope I’m wrong.
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